Results of the 2012 Leading Edge Awards From Executive Travel Magazine

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Jumeirah ranks No.1 hotel overall, Hertz is named best car-rental company, and Virgin America was rated the top domestic carrier for its frequent flyer program in the Executive Travel 2012 Leading Edge Awards, announced in late June. The winners in 30 categories, ranged from best international airline to the top hotel group for business travelers and are selected by the readers of Executive Travel. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Leading Edge Awards. 

In addition to the reader-selected winners, there are six Leading Edge Award Editors’ Picks, chosen by editors of Executive Travel, recognizing companies whose products and services are impacting the way executives experience travel. This year’s Editors’ Picks are: Uber, Heathrow Express, Starwood Preferred Guest, Global Entry and Pre-Check, Incheon International Airport, and the Special Travel Heritage Award winner TravelPro.

Here are the Executive Travel 2012 Leading Edge Award Winners:

Best Domestic Airline: Virgin America
Best International Airline: Emirates
Best Private Jet Service:Delta Private Jets
Best Domestic Airports: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson
Best International Airports: London Heathrow
Best Aircraft: Boeing 777
Best Car Rental Company: Hertz
Best Hotel Chain:Jumeirah
Best Airport Lounge (Domestic Airline): Delta Air Lines
Best Airport Lounge (International Airline): Emirates
Best Customer Service (Domestic Airline): Virgin America
Best Customer Service (International Airline): Emirates
Best Frequent-Flyer Program (Domestic Airline): Alaska Airlines
Best Frequent-Flyer Program (International Airline): Cathay Pacific
Best Premium-Class Service (Domestic Airline): Virgin America
Best Premium-Class Service (International Airline): Emirates
Best Flight Experience to Canada: Air Canada
Best Flight Experience to the Caribbean: American Airlines
Best Flight Experience to Mexico: Delta Air Lines
Best Flight Experience to Central/South America: American Airlines
Best Flight Experience to Europe: British Airways
Best Flight Experience to Asia: Singapore Airlines
Best Flight Experience to Australia/N. Zealand/S. Pacific: Qantas Airways
Best Flight Experience to the Middle East: Delta Air Lines
Best Flight Experience to Africa: Qantas Airways
Best Hotel for Business Travel: Jumeirah
Best Hotel for Meeting Facilities: Mandarin Oriental
Best Hotel for Customer Service: Jumeirah
Best Hotel Frequent Guest Program: Marriott Rewards

The results were created by a questionnaire developed by the editors of Executive Travel, in association with ROI Research Inc., and was made available to Executive Travel readers at from January 31, 2012 through April 1, 2012. Readers were invited to participate through dedicated email invitations, Executive Travel magazine (March/April issue), online at, Executive Travel E-Alert email newsletter and social media (@executivetravel on Twitter and Executive Travel on Facebook).

Susan Kime

Susan Kime's career combines publishing, journalism and editing. She was the Destination Club/Fractional Update Editor for Elite Traveler, and senior club news correspondent for The Robb Report's Vacation Homes. Her work has been published in Stratos, Luxury Living, European CEO, The London Telegraph, Caviar Affair, ARDA Developments, and Luxist/AOL. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Travel Conno...(Read More)

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